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Registration for the 2016-2017 year is now closed. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you feel called to teach Confirmation, please contact the Confirmation Coordinator Jace Bravo at...
(310) 548-6535 ext. 340
or visit me at the Life Teen Room, 209 N. Hanford
Please click on the links below to view the various Confirmation forms:
Sponsor Information form
Community Service form
Confirmation Expectations document
Saint Report directions
Click here to view the Color Photos of the Confirmation Year 2 Service Projects( PDF).
What is the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Cathechism (1293-1300) sets out the rite and celebration of tthe sacrament, from which we best learn its significance. It is the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation. In this sacrament, we receive a special giving of the Holy Spirit.
In the Latin rite, the Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words "..[Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit] (Catechism, 1300). Through Confirmation, we more clearly say, "Abba" Father. We come closer to Christ and experience an increase of the gifts of the Spirit. Our tie to the Church is stronger. The Spirit helps us spread and defend our faith by work and deed as witnesses of Christ. (cf. Cathechism, 1302-1303).
For its effects, Confirmation imparts an increase of sanctifying grace which makes the recipient a "perfect Christian"; a special sacramental grace consisting in the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost and notably in the strength and courage to confess boldly the name of Christ; an indelible character by reason of which the sacrament cannot be received again by the same person. A further consequence is the spiritual relationship which the person confirming and the sponsor contract with the recipient and with the recipient's parents.
In the rite of Confirmation, the sign of anointing signifies an indelible character and imprints a spiritual seal. Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy. it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength. By this anointing the confirmand receives the "mark," the seal of the Holy Spirit.
Contact: Jace Bravo (Youth Minister/Confirmation Director), 310-548-6535, ext. 340. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: This rite, known as RCIA is a process whereby adults who are either not baptized or who have been baptized into another Christian faith tradition are initiated into the Roman Catholic tradition. After a period of Inquiry, a person may decide to formally enter into the process and begins the period of Catechumenate, during which they become familiar with the Catholic Christian tradition. After this period of preparation, they enter into the period of Purification and Enlightenment, a six-week period of intense preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. After being received into the community, there is a fourth period of Mystagogy, during which the newly-received member experiences the joy of being part of the faith community.
Contact: Joy Jones (310) 548-6535, ext. 317
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth (RCIY), based on the model used in RCIA, is a two year process that prepares high school students to receive the fullness of the Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. In RCIY, we work to establish a community support system for and with our high school candidates to help them have a greater sense of belonging to the Parish community. The RCIY process calls our youth to make a greater commitment to their Catholic faith and helps them know their own talents and gifts for the spread of God’s Kingdom. We encourage the students to be active members of the parish and to engage in Christian Service projects. We attempt to deepen their understanding of the doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church as well as the application of these doctrines and teachings in their daily lives.
First year Candidates concentrate on self-image, self-esteem, values, the image of God and relationships. Second year candidates concentrate on doctrinal concepts, the Gospel message, and service of our parish and community. We have approximately 160 candidates in the program, 30 adult volunteers, 160 sponsors, and at least 100 parents who volunteer their time to help. Parents are also included in some general sessions and all liturgies.
The Confirmation team is mostly made up of experienced catechists. Any training needed so far has taken place at regularly scheduled team meetings. Workshop information is provided when available but it is not required that they attend. Team meetings are normally held once a month.
Team members need to have a desire and ability to communicate well with young people. They must have a basic understanding of Catholic doctrine and teaching and be practicing Catholics who will be fine role models for our young people. We welcome new participants.
Contact: Joy Jones (310) 548-6535, ext. 317